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A Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) perched on a post at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge , Montana, USA.

The Mountain Bluebird is a medium sized songbird about 18cm long. The male is sky blue above and paler blue below and has a light belly and under-tail coverts. The female is brownish gray overall with a light belly and under-tail coverts.
The bird is migratory and its range varies from Mexico in the winter up to Alaska and throughout the western U.S.A and Canada. Northern birds migrate to the southern parts of the range whilst southern birds are quite often permanent residents.
Mountain Bluebirds hover and fly down to catch insects. They will also fly from a perch to catch them. They eat mainly insects and berries. In winter they mainly eat grasshoppers.
They nest in buildings and tree cavities.

Canon 40D
1/1250sec f8 ISO 200
500mm F4L IS lens + 1.4x converter


mountain bluebird, bird, passerine, wildlife, songbird, thrush

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Nice detailed, colorful capture Martin

  • Thank you very much for your kind comments Larry!

    – Martin Smart

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you Barbara.

    – Martin Smart

  • Renee Blake
    Renee Blakeabout 3 years ago

    A gorgeous shot of this beauty !

  • Thank you so much for your kind comments Renee!

    – Martin Smart

  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...about 3 years ago

    Beautiful! Great details and dof! Superb shot!

  • Many thanks for your kind comments Dave & Trena, much appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

  • Winston D. Munnings
    Winston D. Mun...about 3 years ago

    Excellent capture!

  • Thank you very much Winston!

    – Martin Smart

  • Wayne Wood
    Wayne Woodabout 3 years ago

    beautiful subject and a finely detailed photo to show him off, not keen on the negative space to the left, have you tried cropping portrait with most of the room on the right…. awesome work though my friend

  • Thanks very much for your helpful comments Wayne, your right, the space on the left was bothering me too so I’ve reworked it and I’m a lot happier with it now….hope you agree!

    – Martin Smart

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Thanks Ray.

    – Martin Smart

  • labaker
    labakerabout 3 years ago

    lovely image! a beautiful subject.

  • Thanks very much Larry, appreciate your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • James Hall
    James Hallabout 3 years ago

    Stunning clarity!

  • Thanks very much James, hope all is well with you guys!

    – Martin Smart

  • swaby
    swabyabout 3 years ago

    Wow Martin such a fabulously perfect shot! So beautiful!

  • Glad you like it Tina, thank you very much for your kind comments!

    – Martin Smart

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